The beloved Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix that became nationally known after winning the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has died. Elwood was 8.
“The best part was he did not suffer, he was in my arms and with me,” Elwood’s owner, Karen Quigley, told CNN. “I couldn’t be more proud that people who haven’t met him loved him … I couldn’t be more proud.”
Quigley rescued Elwood when he was 9-months-old. The breeder was going to euthanize the Chihuahua mix because she thought he was too ugly to sell.
Elwood was just 2-years-old when people started to notice his distinctive face–most notably the fact that his tongue was always outside of his mouth. “He just doesn’t have any teeth on the left side of his mouth, so there’s nothing to keep his tongue in there. It never goes in. It’s out all the time,” said Quigley. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda or E.T. because of his resemblance to the famous science-fiction characters.
“He’s very confident in his looks,” Quigley said. “He thinks he’s very handsome.”
We agree, Elwood, we agree.
See more photos of Elwood through the years below: